Gamirasu

Location: Cappadocia | Turkey

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

As soon as you catch sight of Gamirasu hotel, you know you’re in for something very special. Built in the caves of an ancient Byzantine monastery, Gamirasu has been lovingly restored and decorated with Ottoman furnishings. What makes this luxury hotel even more charming is the delightful owner Ibrahim, who ensures that your visit is an exceptional, memorable one.
Perfect forA whimsical retreat to an authentic hotel that has a homey, village feel to it.
In the knowGamirasu even has its own Byzantine church on site that dates back to the 11th century.

Recommended for...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Hideaway
  • History & Heritage

Hotel Overview

Where

In the ancient Ayvali village, 10 kilometres south of Ürgüp.

Rooms at Gamirasu

Peppered around the hotel’s garden, restaurant and pool are the 35 cave rooms that make up Gamirasu. Cosy yet spacious, the cave dwellings are adorned with lavish Ottoman-style rugs, antiques and dark wood finishes. You’ll find a hot tub and sauna in the suites, while many rooms have balconies overlooking the pretty rose garden. And, for those who are less excited about a cave house experience, there are a couple of free-standing rooms just outside of the courtyard.

Food and facilities

The hotel has its own vegetable garden seven kilometres away, so all meals are made with organic produce from here. Savour the buffet breakfast with all its sweet homemade jams, dried fruits and local honey. The swimming pool is Roman in style and a total oasis from sweltering summer days, plus it’s heated in winter, too. To relax a little more, opt for a massage or yoga class.

Activities at Gamirasu

Gamirasu provides complementary horse rides in and around Ayvali, as well as offering agricultural workshops in harvesting, wine-making and cooking. Hop in the car and drive five minutes to Nikolos Monastery, or head to Deresi Koprusu bridge on the way out of Ayvali: 100 metres from here are the early Christian Byzantine cave churches with original frescoes. Cappadocia is a region awash with spectacular rock formations which are best admired from a hot air balloon as the sun peeks above the horizon.

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